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10. Even a pacificist can be pushed beyond limits. I'm there with re: to Russia.
Thu Apr 7, 2022, 06:43 AM
Apr 2022

My throat catches and the tears come every morning when I wake up and hear/see the horror from the day before.
What is happening now is inhuman and we cannot allow it to continue. At some point, the cost of engagement so overwhelms any perceived "honor" or "wisdom" of deferring under cries for "peace," that to sit back and watch is evil, IMO. And if one is still compartmentalizing, still performing intellectual exercises to justify not doing more, then I urge consideration of what is to come and soon.

There is little doubt Putin will push into the Balkans and ultimately NATO countries if not stopped. There is little doubt loss of Ukraine's agriculture means starvation for much of Africa and to a large part, India which is dependent on the "breadbasket" for much of the region. There is zero doubt, IMO that genocide is underway. When did "nevermore" become "never maybe?" I now have a closer understanding of how my grandparents and parents felt, watching from the sidelines in 1939 with all who screamed that it was "Europe's problem" and US must look to the US interest. All who denied what was happening. Yet many realized that Hitler needed to be stopped before what was obvious to many came to pass. That we didn't and the ramifications throughout the decade that followed have not taught us a damned thing about megalomaniac authoritarians is depressing as hell for me. History guides us if we will simply pull our damned heads out of the sand.

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